Frank Bonner, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ star, dead at 79 (Video Added)

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Frank Bonner

Courtesy of FOX News
June 17, 2021

WKRP IN CINCINNATI, (back row, from left): Richard Sanders, Gordon Jump, Tim Reid, (middle): Frank Bonner, Gary Sandy, (front): Loni Anderson, Jan Howard Hesseman, Smithers, 1978-82. © MTM Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Frank Bonner, who played Herb Tarlek on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” has died, according to TMZ. He was 79.
Bonner passed away “peacefully” Wednesday amid his battle with Lewy body dementia, his family told TMZ.
As Herb on “WKRP” in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Bonner was the quintessential salesman in a gaudy plaid suit and white loafers, despite struggling as a radio station sales manager who consistently failed to reel in the big accounts.

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  1. RIP Mr. Bonner

    Herb Tarlik. 🙂

    WKRP in Cincinnati was one of the funniest shows on t.v. in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Humour combined with actual playing of rock music of the day.

    Part of the script from the Thanksgiving Turkey Special…..

    AND NOW IT’S TIME TO GO TO OUR
    LIVE REMOTE MAN ON THE SCENE…

    AT THE PINEDALE SHOPPING MALL
    FOR THE BIG WKRP TURKEY GIVEAWAY.

    SO TAKE IT AWAY, LES NESSMAN.

    THIS IS LES NESSMAN, YOUR MAN ON THE
    SCENE HERE AT THE PINEDALE SHOPPING CENTER,

    WHERE THE
    EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING.

    WE’RE HERE TO WITNESS
    THE BIG WKRP… HEY, YOU…

    TURKEY THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY.

    HEY, YOU GOT PERMISSION
    TO BE OUT HERE? WHAT?

    YOU’RE BLOCKING MY
    STORE HERE, BUDDY.

    DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? UH-UH.

    I’M LES NESSMAN. I WON THE
    BUCKEYE NEWSHAWK AWARD LAST YEAR.

    GOOD FOR YOU, BUCKEYE.
    NOW GET OUT OF MY DOORWAY.

    I’M SORRY. CREEP.

    SO FAR, SO GOOD, HUH?

    I’M HERE WITH HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
    WHO HAVE GATHERED TO WITNESS…

    WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS
    PERHAPS THE GREATEST TURKEY EVENT…

    IN THANKSGIVING DAY HISTORY.

    ALL WE KNOW FOR SURE IS
    THAT IN A VERY FEW MOMENTS,

    THERE ARE GOING TO BE A
    LOT OF HAPPY PEOPLE OUT HERE.

    NOW THE CROWD IS…

    THE CROWD IS, UH,
    CURIOUS BUT WELL-BEHAVED.

    AND I THINK I HEAR
    SOMETHING NOW.

    UH, THE CROWD IS MOVING OUT
    INTO THE PARKING AREA. AND…

    OH, YES. I CAN
    SEE IT NOW. IT’S A…

    I-IT’S A HELICOPTER.

    – AND IT’S COMING THIS WAY.
    – A HELICOPTER?

    IT’S FLYING SOMETHING BEHIND
    IT. I CAN’T QUITE MAKE IT OUT.

    IT’S A LARGE BANNER,
    AND IT SAYS, UH,

    “HAPPY… “THANKS…
    “GIVING… “FROM W…

    “K… R… P.”

    WHAT A SIGHT, LADIES AND
    GENTLEMEN. WHAT A SIGHT.

    THE COPTER SEEMS TO BE
    CIRCLING THE PARKING AREA NOW.

    I GUESS IT’S LOOKING
    FOR A PLACE TO LAND.

    NO, SOMETHING JUST CAME OUT
    OF THE BACK OF THE HELICOPTER.

    IT’S A… A DARK OBJECT. UH…

    PERHAPS A SKYDIVER PLUMMETING TO THE
    EARTH FROM ONLY 2,000 FEET INTO THE AIR.

    THERE’S A SECOND AND A THIRD.

    THERE’S NO PARACHUTES YET.

    THOSE CAN’T BE SKYDIVERS.

    I CAN’T TELL JUST YET
    WHAT THEY ARE, BUT…

    OH, MY GOD! THEY’RE TURKEYS!

    OH, NO! JOHNNY,
    CAN YOU GET THIS?

    OH, THEY’RE CRASHING TO THE
    EARTH RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES!

    ONE JUST WENT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD
    OF A PARKED CAR! JOHNNY, THIS IS TERRIBLE.

    THE CROWD IS RUNNING AROUND
    PUSHING EACH OTHER. OH, MY GOODNESS!

    OH, THE HUMANITY!

    ALL THE PEOPLE
    ARE RUNNING ABOUT.

    THE TURKEYS ARE HITTING THE
    GROUND LIKE SACKS OF WET CEMENT.

    HONESTLY, FOLKS, I… I DON’T
    KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER…

    THE CROWD IS RUNNING
    FOR THEIR LIVES.

    I THINK I’M GOING
    TO STEP INSIDE.

    I CAN’T STAY OUT HERE AND
    WATCH THIS ANY LONGER.

    NO, I CAN’T GO IN THERE.

    CHILDREN ARE SEARCHING
    FOR THEIR MOTHERS, AND…

    OH, NOT SINCE THE HINDENBURG TRAGEDY
    HAS THERE BEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

    I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I
    CAN HOLD MY POSITION HERE, JOHNNY.

    THE CROWD… LES? LES?
    LES, ARE YOU THERE?

    LES ISN’T THERE.

    THANKS FOR THAT
    ON-THE-SPOT REPORT, LES.

    AND, UM, FOR THOSE OF
    YOU WHO JUST TUNED IN,

    THE PINEDALE SHOPPING MALL HAS
    JUST BEEN BOMBED WITH LIVE TURKEYS.

    FILM AT 11:00.

    ♪♪

    YEAH. NO, MIS…
    LOOK, MR. MAYOR,

    YES, THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE,
    SIR, BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.

    MR. COLLIE, WE KNOW WHAT
    THE HUMANE SOCIETY STANDS FOR.

    THE NATIONAL GUARD? NO, SIR. THE NATIONAL
    GUARD… I DON’T THINK IT’S THAT SERIOUS.

    WELL, MR. COLLIE, A LOT OF TURKEYS
    DON’T MAKE IT THROUGH THANKSGIVING.

    YES, YES, SIR. YES, SIR.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    YES. UH, GOOD-BYE.

    THAT WAS THE HUMANE SOCIETY.
    THEY SOUNDED PRETTY UPSET.

    OH, ANDY, WHY DID YOU
    LET MR. CARLSON DO THIS?

    BECAUSE IT’S
    MR. CARLSON’S STATION.

    THIS MAN MUST BE STOPPED
    BEFORE HE PROMOTES AGAIN.

    LOOK, NOW LISTEN. MR. CARLSON WAS
    HERE AT WKRP WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS.

    AND I’LL BET YOU HE’S GONNA BE
    HERE LONG AFTER WE’RE ALL MOVED ON.

    YEAH, BUT, ANDY… NOW, VENUS, IF
    WE CUT HIM OUT, WHAT’S THE POINT?

    LOOK, WE’RE THE YOUNG ONES.

    AND SOMETIMES I THINK WE’RE JUST A LITTLE
    BIT TOO CONCERNED ABOUT BEING NUMBER ONE.

    NOW, MR. CARLSON, HE…
    WELL, HE’S JUST MR. CARLSON.

    HE JUST WANTS TO
    BE A PART OF THINGS.

    YEAH.

    – IT SHOULD HAVE WORKED.
    – MR. CARLSON, CAN I HELP YOU?

    NO, NO. I’M… I’M FINE.

    HEY, MR. CARLSON…

    UH, WHAT’S IT LIKE TO
    RIDE IN A HELICOPTER?

    A LOT OF FUN. EXCUSE ME.

    MR. CARLSON, COULD I
    GET YOU A CUP OF COFFEE?

    WHAT?

    UH, NO, THANK YOU,
    JENNIFER. WE AGREED. HMM?

    SIR, IT WAS THE MOST UNUSUAL
    PROMOTION IDEA I EVER HEARD OF.

    NEVER BEEN
    ANYTHING ELSE LIKE IT.

    NO. NO, I DON’T
    SUPPOSE THERE HAS.

    BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD WORK.

    I PLANNED THIS THING RIGHT DOWN
    TO THE LAST DETAIL. IT WAS PERFECT!

    WHERE’D YOU GET THOSE BIRDS?

    – LES! ARE YOU OKAY?
    – I DON’T KNOW.

    A MAN AND HIS TWO
    CHILDREN TRIED TO KILL ME.

    AFTER THE TURKEYS
    HIT THE PAVEMENT,

    THE CROWD KIND
    OF SCATTERED, BUT…

    SOME OF THEM TRIED TO ATTACK ME.

    I HAD TO JAM MYSELF
    INTO A PHONE BOOTH.

    THEN MR. CARLSON HAD THE HELICOPTER
    LAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARKING LOT.

    I GUESS HE THOUGHT HE COULD SAVE THE DAY
    BY TURNING THE REST OF THE TURKEYS LOOSE.

    IT GETS PRETTY
    STRANGE AFTER THAT.

    NOW IT GETS
    STRANGE. YEAH, RIGHT.

    UH, LES, COME ON
    NOW. TELL US THE REST.

    I REALLY DON’T KNOW
    HOW TO DESCRIBE IT.

    IT WAS LIKE THE TURKEYS
    MOUNTED A COUNTERATTACK.

    IT WAS ALMOST AS IF
    THEY WERE… ORGANIZED.

    AS GOD IS MY WITNESS,

    I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY.

    🙂

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